Several changes to council services have been made as Storm Ciarán sweeps into Southampton.

The storm brought strong winds and heavy rain to the city lat night.

The Itchen Bridge was closed from 7pm due to the adverse weather.

Yellow weather warnings for rain and wind will be in force until Thursday night, according to the Met Office.

An amber warning for wind is in place between 6am and 5pm today.

Southampton City Council

Waste collections

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Scheduled waste collections will be suspended on Thursday due to the high winds posing a risk of potential injury.

Residents are urged not to put their refuse out.

The council will update their social channels for rescheduled collections.

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School Crossing Patrols

These will be suspended on Thursday. 

Schools will let people know via their parent portal or other communication channels if it will be closing. 

New Forest District Council

Recycling and waste collections

The council is planning for scheduled black and clear sack, garden waste and glass collections to go ahead on Thursday.

There may be changes to usual timings, with crews arriving up to an hour earlier than usual to avoid heavy winds.

If any collections are altered, updates will be posted on and social media.

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If your collection does not take place, NFDC is advising that waste is brought in and placed out for collection on your next scheduled collection day.

Customers will be contacted directly if there are any changes to bulky waste appointments booked.

During the storm, the council will have staff on standby and when the storm has passed, will begin recovery work for any required clear up. 

Eastleigh Borough Council

Waste collections

Waste and recycling collections across the borough will go ahead as normal tomorrow - but residents are being urged to bring their bins back onto their property as soon as possible after they have been emptied.

There are currently no predicted disruptions to Eastleigh Borough Council activities, and the council will continue to prioritise essential services.

'Preparing for the worst'

Council staff will be out in force supporting residents and businesses and minimising disruption caused by Storm Ciarán, the Local Government Association has confirmed.

Local authorities have been coordinating with emergency service crews, the Environment Agency and other neighbouring councils to ensure that help is at hand.

Cllr Darren Rodwell, environment spokesperson for the LGA, said: “Staff continue to work around-the-clock to prepare for further severe storms to ensure the safety of residents, homes and businesses, shore up flood defences, and protect road networks and power supplies as much as possible.

“Councils are preparing for the worst while hoping for the best.

“They will share severe weather warnings and other relevant information so people should make sure they regularly check their council’s website and social media and follow their advice.”